In some ways yes since the voice is perfect for this type of opus.
The amount of information compiled just from the Darlene Ferrin murder. Almost as if solving her murder would have revealed the identity of the killer.
The recounting of the Ferrin- Mageux attacks.
Just about. Or least to listen to it again and again.
It's too bad Graysmith is the only individual to take an interest in the topic. And he wasn't even an author. He was a cartoonist!
If you are looking for some graphical representation of some fictional string of killings, this book is not the right one. If you have been obsessed with the facts of this real serial killer's case and want to learn more about the crimes events and evidence, then this book is the right one.
This book walks the reader through the mountains and mountains of events, evidence and facts of the Zodiac's crimes. The author manages to depict the crimes as horrible as they were without exaggeration while introducing the different characters as if they lived in your neighborhood.
Although, the book explains some of the problems that have influenced the difficulty of solving this case, I do not understand how this case could still not be solved (considering all the newest advancements in forensics) but that is not the author's fault.
Never made it to the end of this one. I think I went in expecting something akin to "In Cold Blood". It's not. As some of the other reviews state, the book is CHOCK FULL of details, but they're not details I am interested in: victim was found 10' 6" from the passenger side door; victim was wearing a yellow metal class ring. It's like a dreary recitation of a police report. If you're a Zodiac enthusiast, this may be the book for you, but I guess I am not. Any attempts to ratchet up the suspense or create drama seem sort of clumsy, and are completely ineffectual. In the end, the book did not hold my attention. Three stars because the book is what it says it is... but nothing more.
I was only about 8 years old when the Zodiac killer started playing havoc in California. Although very graphic, this book was very educational, well written, and interesting. Not one dull moment!
The detail in this book is due to the writer's close proximity to the case, which makes this an exceptional listen. This isn't a rehash of a crime story by some third party, it's a first hand account of what happened from the inside. I listened to the book twice, back to back, and I'm considering listening again. There's so much detail you think that the identity of the killer must be in there, somewhere. I thought to myself... If I just listen a closer next time, if I just pay a little more attention, I can solve this four decade old mystery.
I listened to this whilst on a 15 hour drive across the country. I found it interesting and very well read. I did find myself getting names mixed up and found some parts, mostly in the middle, to be a little hard to follow. That said, and whilst knowing the 'ending', I do recommend this title.
"Zodiac" is compelling and kept me on the edge of my car seat. I found myself grabbing my ipod and listening while I was doing housework, exercising, and anytime I had the opportunity. I was dissapointed to reach the end. If you are a true crime buff like me, this is a necessary listen. The story is thorough and dripping with detail. The narrator's voice is perfect for the content of this book. In between listening I couldnt help but do my own research on the Zodiac killer because my curiousty was so stricken. I recommend the (unabridged) version only because all the details that are in that version are necessary to understand the nature of this serial killer.
An old broad that enjoys books of all types. Would rather read than write reviews though. I know what I like, and won't be bothered by crap.
I thought this book was an updated version of the Zodiac but it was written in 1986 and some of the suspects hadn't died yet.
Besides that it was a factual well written book by a former political cartoonist for the San Francisco Chronicle. He made some interesting suppositions about the Zodiac perhaps knowing at least one of the victims and maybe more.
It meandered a bit and went from one suspect to another and by the end of the book I couldn't remember who was who and which one he felt was the best choice.
It didn't take me long to finish it and I was interested in getting to the end to see if there was an updated chapter added. No such luck.
No. The level of detail was sometimes mind-numbing and would be intolerable for a second listen.
The narrator was entertaining.
Having not read the book, I couldn't say.
The number and variety of suspects.
A worthwhile listen, but the sometimes excruciating level of detail was not really appropriate for an audiobook.
Say something about yourself!
Couldn't stop listening (once I got through the first hour or so of nothing by non-stop facts) to this book. The story is well laid out considering all the facts and different story line and it is apparent very quickly how obsessed the author is with this case. You'll want to watch the movie while you listen and immediately after finishing it. WORTH THE LISTEN